R. Kelly has spoken — but, by the looks of this interview, he should have stayed silent.
Kells sat-down with Gayle King for an explosive interview on CBS This Morning. The embattled singer is facing 10 felony counts of criminal sexual abuse which carries a maximum penalty of 70 years in prison, yet he felt that finally speaking publicly would help plead his case.
As expected, the interview was shocking, but what wasn’t expected was the emotional outburst, torrential downpour of tears and Kelly’s downright disturbing behavior. Here are the 5 most appalling moments from the nearly 80 minute interview:
1. “That’s Stupid!”
R. Kelly, government name Robert, exclaimed that the thought of him having a harem of women locked up or a cult like situation at his home was simply “stupid.”
“Use your common sense. Forget the blogs, forget how you feel about me. Hate me if you want to, love me if you want. But just use your common sense. How stupid would it be for me, with my crazy past and what I’ve been through – oh right, now I just think I have to be monster, and hold girls against their will, chain them up in my basement, and don’t let them eat, don’t let them out, unless they need some shoes down the street from their uncle!”
2. Fighting For His “Life” And “Kids”!
Kelly claimed this isn’t about the music, it’s about his real life and the lives of his kids. And it was at this moment Robert got his most emotional.
“Stop it. You all quit playing! Quit playing! I didn’t do this stuff! This is not me! I’m fighting for my f***ing life! Y’all killing me with this sh*t!” Kelly said, standing up. “I gave you 30 years of my f***ing career! Thirty years of my career! And y’all trying to kill me? You killing me, man! This is not about music! I’m trying to have a relationship with my kids! And I can’t do it! Y’all just don’t want to believe the truth! You don’t want to believe it!”
3. Everybody Is LYING!
Rob emphatically insist that the various claims against him, those in court and those in the 6-part Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly”, are complete lies from women looking to score book and movie deals.
“They are lying on me,” Kelly said. “Why would all these women tell these different stories about you if they were not true and they don’t know each other?,” King asked. “Right. Right. Until you hear the explanation. You can start a rumor on a guy like me or a celebrity just like that,” Kelly said. “All you have to do is push a button on your phone and say so and so did this to me, R. Kelly did this to me, and if you get any traction from that, if you’re able to write a book from that, if you’re able to get a reality show… then any girl that I had a relationship in the past that it just didn’t work out, she can come and say the same exact thing.”
4. Past Abuse Didn’t Manifest Into Current Claims
In years past, Kelly has been very open about the fact that he endured years of sexual abuse as a young boy. However, he was quick to dissuade the assumption that his past abuse turned him into an abuser himself.
Robert insinuates that the parents of his current girlfriends, the Savages and the Clarys, gave him their daughters in exchange for money. This, by far, is probably one of the most surprising claims Kelly made.
Part two of the R. Kelly interview airs on CBS This Morning on Thursday, in addition King also sat-down with the singer’s girlfriends, 23-year-old Joycelyn Savage and 21-year-old Azriel Clary.